Sheriff David Clarke just got his ass handed to him on Fox News of all places.
In protest of white supremacy supporter Donald Trump speaking at the new civil rights museum in Mississippi, Rep. John Lewis chose not to attend.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” Lewis said in a statement. “The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump’s disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place.”
Indeed, Trump also dismantled the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, proving that he really doesn’t care about civil rights.
Rep. Lewis is a civil rights hero who marched with Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama to fight for voting rights, only to be nearly murdered for it by racists.
During an appearance on Fox News on Saturday, Clarke, as one of the few African-Americans who support Trump, was asked about Lewis’ refusal to attend.
“John who?” Clarke responded in a clear insult to Lewis.
That’s when Fox host Eboni Williams spoke up.
“John Lewis — he was bloodied on the Selma bridge, Sheriff, when trying to protest voting rights and a variety of other things,” Williams said.
Indeed, Clarke can thank Lewis because he wouldn’t have the right to vote for Trump without the sacrifices made by him and others.
When Clarke proceeded to insult Lewis again by claiming that no one cares about him, Williams jumped all over him.
“Sheriff, let me say this to you. For you to say that nobody cares about John Lewis is inaccurate because I assure you that there are many people across this country that absolutely do care about him. As for your commentary on his political record as a congressman, I’m actually not even addressing that part because this museum opening is about the civil rights of American citizens, so when it comes to his record on that, Sheriff Clarke, I think that it’s pretty undisputed.”
Clarke responded by telling Williams that the Civil Rights Act would not exist without Republicans.
“I appreciate that history lesson but as somebody that holds a degree on the subject I really don’t need you to update me on who was required for Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act,” Williams fired back.
“Apparently, you’ve forgotten some of your history,” Clarke snapped.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Of course, Clarke conveniently leaves out the fact that a lot of Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act as well, and would also not have passed without Democratic support. More Democrats voted in favor of it than Republicans. And when the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act became law, the Southern Democrats who voted against it became Republicans. Democrats also controlled both houses of Congress at the time.
It should also be pointed out that all 10 Republican congressmen and the lone Republican senator from Southern states voted against it.
And finally, President Lyndon Johnson, who was a Democrat from Texas, signed it.
Republicans have been trying to tear down the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act ever since, so Clarke has no business suggesting that black people owe Republicans and Trump anything.
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